Amy Winehouse charity opens recovery home for female addicts

By Rosa Doherty, August 1, 2016

The Amy Winehouse Foundation is to open a home for female addicts on the fifth anniversary of Amy Winehouse’s death.

The recovery house will be named after the six-time Grammy award winner - Amy’s Place - and will help women who have suffered with alcohol or drug addiction to reintegrate into society after quitting.


Dismay as advice service for drug addicts is axed

By Simon Rocker, July 28, 2016

The founder of Drugsline said this week that he was "extremely disappointed" that the specialist service for addicts and their families had been closed down.

Norwood, the charity which has run Drugsline for the past three years, said the once-a-week evening drop-in centre and the drugs awareness workshops for schools and youth groups were being axed in a refocusing of resources.


The cannabis candidate seeking electoral high

By Sandy Rashty, April 21, 2016

Lee Eli Harris is the only Jewish candidate in the running to be the next Mayor of London.

At the age of 79, he is also the oldest among the 12 candidates. And he is certainly the only candidate calling for greater freedom to smoke dope as a major part of his platform.


Canabis gets start-ups buzzing in Tel Aviv

By Nathan Jeffay, November 26, 2015

Moves are under way to harness the push by Israeli start-ups to revolutionise the cannabis industry.

A conference of 750 people, the International Summit for Accelerating Cannabis Innovation, will take place in Tel Aviv in March, with participants from America, Australia, the UK, Finland and elsewhere. It is being organised by iCAN, a new company established to boost cannabis innovation.


Expert's warning over legal highs

By Josh Jackman, September 17, 2015

A drugs expert who educates Jewish pupils about harmful substances has warned of the danger posed by the increasing use of legal highs.

Sixty-seven people died in the UK last year after taking legal highs such as helium, laughing gas and spice - the name for addictive synthetic cannabis mixtures.

Steven Mervish, who works for Norwood Drugsline on outreach education, said that before the summ


Cannabis? It could be an official spiritual high

By Josh Jackman, February 26, 2015

A prominent British rabbi has welcomed the prospect of medically prescribed cannabis being given kosher certification in the US.

New York rabbi Moshe Elefant, who runs the Orthodox Union's certification agency, is in talks with several companies who want their medical marijuana to be classified as kosher.

But Rabbi Abraham Pinter, headteacher of Yesodey Hatorah school in Stamford Hill, said


Drugs are rife, so why do we bury our heads?

By Charlotte Oliver, June 6, 2014

Teenagers are growing ever more dependent on drugs - and the community is turning a blind eye.

That's the claim of former addict James Weston, 33, who first experimented at 17 while in Israel with a Jewish youth movement.

Within a year, he was addicted, having regularly smoked marijuana with Jewish friends at social gatherings.


Former Parliamentary candidate fails in Jewish blogger libel attempt

By Marcus Dysch, December 6, 2013

A former Parliamentary candidate has failed in his attempt to sue a Jewish blogger for libel.

Pro-cannabis campaigner Peter Reynolds claimed Sarah McCulloch had defamed him when she highlighted posts on his blog relating to homophobia, racism and sexism.

The High Court rejected Mr Reynolds’s claim and ordered him to pay Ms McCulloch’s costs.


Shabbat still holy for alleged drug dealers

By Josh Jackman, September 11, 2013

A group of alleged drug dealers, charged this week by New York police, would stop selling their wares on Shabbat.

The men, who were arrested in April for selling heroin and prescription painkillers from their Brooklyn base, reportedly alerted customers to their observance via text.


US accuses Israel-linked drug ‘kingpins’ of laundering millions

By Sandy Rashty, July 16, 2013

Criminal charges have been filed against Colombian mobsters with Israeli connections.

United States authorities have placed 31 people on watch-list for alleged participation in a million-dollar money laundering network – with connections to bank accounts in Israel, China, Mexico and the Cayman Islands.